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ISPs To Punish Illegal Downloaders

Are you one of those people who would rather risk stiff fines and possible jail time than spending money on any digital content? If you have Comcast, AT&T, or Verizon here is your warning that they plan to start cracking down even more if you are caught sharing illegal files.

These ISPs have been working on an agreement with media companies more closely with piracy. Rather than just receiving a warning in the mail you could receive throttled bandwidth or limited access to the Internet.

This is something that the entertainment industry has wanted for a long time and the White House has even encouraged this.

ISPs would rarely do much against copyright offenders; in fact the only ISP to openly admit to kicking offenders off their network was Cox Communications.

This all comes with a price though, the extra work that the ISPs will have to do to monitor their networks more closely and to then punish the offenders will mean they will need to hire extra workers. Those extra workers need to be paid and I would almost bet the costs will be passed along to the consumer.

As described above, it’s likely that very few subscribers who after having received multiple alerts, will persist (or allow others to persist) in the content theft.

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